Reviews: Searching (2018)

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  • Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: John Cho shines in Searching, an engaging and suspenseful thriller that takes place completely on a computer screen.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: When I got out of Searching, my immediate feeling was the desire to get a ticket and go back in for round two, so I can try and catch all the details I might have missed the first time. It’s a brilliantly crafted thriller that actually employs new storytelling techniques to effective use.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: I was riveted throughout the entire saga, but the ending is completely mind-blowing. I can’t even begin to explain how one explosive revelation subverts another in the final 30 minutes.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Chaganty’s film deconstructs the artifice, all whilst delivering a warm, crisply-paced, character-driven, incredibly inventive yarn. It’s a taut thriller with a hugely emotional heartbeat.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: With smarts, warmth, and humanity, this mystery that unfurls entirely on computer screens becomes an ode to the new digital lives we are all leading, from how we use our devices to what they say about us.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A fast-paced thriller in an effectively gimmicky format – it feels like something Alfred Hitchcock would have tried, had he lived to see the Internet age.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Let the legacy of Unfriended never die!
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: No matter how many issues I had with the conclusion, however, the whole is effectively drawn. The gimmick invests us from the opening frame and both Cho and La are superb in their depictions of grief, depression, and the cheery masks meant to hide it from the world.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Worth seeking out…
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba.com
    • Excerpt: Imagine if Up and Unfriended had a baby. But a stupid, ugly baby starring John Cho.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Call it a gimmick all you want, but be prepared to be dazzled and proven wrong by the astonishing narrative construction and visual storytelling conduits. True to both the lurid intensity and exceeding excellence of the dictionary definition, Searching is downright sensational and has vaulted to the top of the conversation for the best film of 2018 so far.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Few hiccups along the way – with some of them can not be tamed by the movie’s innovative and stylish visual presentation – but overall Aneesh Chaganty’s debut offers a well-constructed and well-acted thriller.